Camp Confidential

Here's what's going on behind the scenes in Albany...

Based on nothing but gut instincts, since Osi Umenyiora has been the only player to talk to Michael Strahan with any regularity during his holdout, most players asked seemed to think Strahan will be back after the third preseason game. That would give him two full weeks of practice and a few snaps in the preseason finale, if he so chooses, to get ready for the season opener…

While the Giants brass continues to mention having a ‘deadline' for Strahan to report, in all reality there is no deadline at all. The only way a true deadline would and could exist is if the Giants planned to release Strahan, which is absolutely, positively not in their plans…

As for trade rumors, TGI has confirmed that numerous clubs have contacted Giants GM Jerry Reese about a possible deal for the perennial Pro Bowler. However, the Giants have no plans to move Strahan and have not made any calls seeking trades…

It seems like it's only going to be a matter of time until Will Demps returns to the starting lineup. Whether or not dropping him to second team was intended to motivate him, the move worked like a charm…

The Giants plan to wait until the last minute, but it's expected that Ryan Kuehl will be placed on Injured Reserve before the start of the season…

While no one has uncovered the culprit that poured purple dye in one of Jeremy Shockey's receiving gloves, several players believe it was actually not a player, but a member of the Giants equipment staff. Rich Seubert, the usual suspect in these situations, has been given a pass…

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Arizona in February. Sparks, of course, is the daughter of former Giants cornerback Phillippi Sparks.

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